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Local Leaders Jack Taylor (The Jack Taylor Group)

By 22 October 2014
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Canberra entrepreneur Jack Taylor is proof that you don't need an MBA or years of experience to start a successful business (or four). The 22-year-old, who started his first...

Gough Whitlam

By 21 October 2014 12

Edward Gough Whitlam was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975, and a genius of humanity. I think that perhaps the only person worthy of delivering Gough’s ...

What are the worst traffic lights in Canberra?

By 22 October 2014

By the 'worst', I mean the most frustrating and disruptive, the ones that always seem to be red, no matter from which direction you approach them, and particularly if it's on the more important road of the two at an intersection.  The ones which really get on your wick. My own 'top two' are the ...

Mower repair

By 22 October 2014 3

My daughter needs to have her mower looked at. Her teenage boys have been fiddling with it trying to get it going. It will start but won't keep going. Can anyone recommend someone, maybe a hobbyist, to do a reasonably priced job?...

Elderly man missing; assistance sought

By 22 October 2014

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 80-year-old man, Vernon Pretty. Vernon was last seen this morning about 6.45am when he left his u...

Book Launch: ‘Fire in the Afternoon’ by John Stokes

By 22 October 2014

Celebrated poet John Stokes does not shy from the contentious and the harrowing, his verse evokes the plain truth about love, sex and chaos. In a clear, resonant voice Fire in ...

Concrete slab: Normal vs Waffle Pod recommendations

By 22 October 2014 2

Hi All, I am looking to build a house in Canberra, and I was given the option to either go with a waffle pod slab with single glazed windows or a normal slab with double glazed windows to achieve the 6 star rating. Do any of you out there have any suggestions as to which option would be best suitab...

Big improvement in waiting times despite ED’s busiest year

By 22 October 2014

Canberra’s emergency departments are facing unprecedented demand according to the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) into emergency departments across Australia, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today. In 2013-14 Canberra’s emergency depa...

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6 months of periodic detention for sexual assault.

By 13 November 2008 21

I’m not one who normally bangs on about the need for harsher sentences, but this one from the ABC forces me to comment: “A Canberra man who pleaded guilty to committing an act of indecency on a woman has been sentenced to serve six months of periodic detention.” ”Dean James Christie, ...

Factional analysis of ACT Labor

By 13 November 2008 47

In this week's CityNews the former MLA Michael Moore is crunching the numbers and explaining why local Labor acts the way it does. "The other big loser in the post-election negotiations was the right-wing faction of the Labor Party. Andrew Barr and John Hargreaves have not done well in the Cabin...

Hyperdome stabbing?

By 13 November 2008 12

There's some speculation on Canberra Cruises about a strange stabbing in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome yesterday. This in about it from one of our sources: "confirmed. apprently a hairdresser wasn't involved though. a guy who used to work at little istanbul went in and had an argument with a coupl...

Data centre now moving

By 13 November 2008 24

It seems Michael Costello has given his permission for the data centre to be moved according to the ABC. This from the TRE people who said that if they had to move, they would leave Curiouser and curiouser. [ED - a bluff called.]...

Another view of night club fingerprinting

By 13 November 2008 34

New user Manhole has jumped in on September's story about fingerprinting of customers in Sultan's Nightclub. It was an interesting post so I'm reproducing it here: How informed do you have to be before your opinion is worth something? This is post number 78 and its the first to mention that th...

Business confidence tanks - but don't worry, be happy!

By 13 November 2008 3

The Chief Minister is predicting tough times ahead. He is, however, upbeat and thinks they won't be as bad here as in other parts: Mr Stanhope said there were predictions that any slowdown in the ACT may not be as protracted or as severe as elsewhere. "Independent forecasts confirm that th...

Happy Birthday Phoenix - Now with photos

By 13 November 2008 22

[First filed: November 12, 2008 @ 16:16] The Phoenix turns 15 tonight. I imagine a larger than average number of pints will cross the bar tonight. Anyone want to reminisce with favourite Phoenix memories? UPDATED: Laurel Waits has sent in some photos of the evening, slideshow below. ...

Queanbeyan greenlights Tralee

By 13 November 2008 30

The ABC informs us that the controversial Tralee development has gained the approval of Queanbeyan Council. The proposal is now off for sale to the highest bidder on Sussex Street before the NSW Government makes a decision. If it goes ahead it might at some point impinge on Terry Snow's plans ...


By 13 November 2008 65

I don't know about anyone else but I don't suffer form hayfever. I never have, and I believed quite rightly that I would never ever. Having said that, for some reason I have been stricken with hayfever for the last month and it's really knocking me about due to lack of sleep, red sore eyes and ge...

Images of Canberra - Well someone had to do it.

By 13 November 2008 38

This one's from the fence around the huge hole in the ground where the Civic Greater Union cinema used to be. This was old when God was a boy. But it's nice to see the memory remains. Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to

Green Square cocked up

By 13 November 2008 17

Green Square in Kingston is a simple thing. A small patch of green grass surrounded by some pubs, cafes, and restaurants. So it is with some surprise that I read in the Canberra Times that our local government has managed to mess up such a simple premise. "The office of Chief Minister Jon Stan...

Work complete on Lake Northbourne?

By 13 November 2008 21

Cudos to the company resurfacing Northbourne Avenue between Ipima st and Girrawheen st in Braddon. The new asphalt doesn't match up to the guttering on the inside lanes. So prepare for some hydroplaning when it next rains then. [ED - Spare a thought for your intrepid RiotACT editor who ...

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